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The Thorns Within an Idyllic Life


I know that it looks so idyllic here at Gullringstorp and for the most part, it is. But from time to time as anyone who has pets or livestock can tell you, there are moments that make you just sit down where you stand and weep. All of you who have followed my life at Gullringstorp and remember when we lost little Miracle, Pumpkin’s boy from a bad heart, Frida my very first goat from old age, our little Lilly, my dear iguana Little lady and most recently our struggle with Florian who survived his illness. You’ve seen the heartbreak that can come with having beloved pets,. As these beautiful and very much loved animals cross the Rainbow Bridge, no animal is less mourned than the other. Nor does size matter.

This happens more in the winter time but can happen during spring and summer. these little babies get thirsty, lean into the water buckets to drink and always fall in. The sides are too slippery to climb so they unfortunately drown. I’ve seen this often but this little fella just broke my heart. All you see at first is a tiny face bobbing in the water, then you can see the form of its tiny body. Normally I take the water bucket and dump water and mouse together over the fence. I could not do the same, with this tiny face looking up in my direction. I took him out to see if he could be saved. He was perfect, tiny feet and hands. He could not be saved but I could not throw this tiny baby that had met an unfortunate end, over the fence. I held him for a bit and apologized for his death the laid him gently in the soft grass.

Even an idyllic life has its thorns.

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The Lonely Soldier Monologues at the Cockpit Theater London UK


This is a play about female soldiers and their experience in military service. It is a most powerful and important play. There are experiences revealing not only about the injustices that female soldiers endured, but also the little known existence of PTSD. Oh yes, PTSD is well documented in male soldiers but rarely in female soldiers.

The play with all of its truth was delivered by 7 actors. They told seven different stories. They are stories you are not likely to read or hear. 

This very important and powerful play was written by Helen Benedict, compiled from over 40 personal interviews. The stories shared on the Cockpit stage are not fiction.  They are unfortunately all true experiences.

I was not able to attend in person, but I and many around the globe have been able to experience this play in the privacy of our homes. I’m so pleased that there was Live Streaming offered with last evening being the last. The play will continue until May 31. 

It is a play that will shake you to your core. You will not be the same after viewing this powerful play.

   
                                               

 

A review of a global viewer of the Live Stream last night:

” I just had to respond again. I watched last night again. Be that as it may, I   still couldn’t turn it off, even after thinking: I’ll watch for a bit and then just do something else (because I’d already seen it.) But it’s NOT something you see once and that’s that! There are new nuances and impressions! 

Even viewing on Live a Stream, I could sense (hear) audience engagement.  It was a give and take between artist and audience: a back and forth – creating such electricity.

There were so many big picture phenomena that were portrayed (structural prejudice, gross unpreparedness, leadership failure) as well as the intimate, debilitating and dehumanizing details expressed (no recourse, broken dreams, desperate alone-ness). Powerful isn’t even a strong enough word. 

I know they could have used much more graphic images (though some of the mortar scenes were quite profound) to convey the harassment, assault, and racism, yet what was left unsaid was almost as gripping. 

If I had been within reasonable commuting distance, I would have been there in person.

I’m so grateful for the writer and actresses of this production for their valuable work.  Rachel Handshaw was ON FIRE!! They all did so well, so very well.”

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Julia Penner-Zook

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Boris


I just love to see my Boris so happy and relaxed ! 

   


Sami National Day in Sweden February 6, 2015


Today is a very important day for Sweden’s indigenous people the Sami. These are the people once known as Lapps. They live in the Arctic area of what they call Sámpi. This area is the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The Sami are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia.

They are a most fascinating people who I have had the great pleasure to have spent time with at the Jokkmokk  40th Jubilee Marknad in the north of Sweden. This was in 2005 and an experience I will cherish my entire life. I have Native American Blackfoot blood running in my veins, so I feel a natural kinship with the Sami. Below you will find photos from that visit.

One of the most memorable moments was a dinner we attended. We were served bear meat and as tradition, you must first pull the meat through a brass ring to capture the spirit and strength of the bear. Many at the dinner refused, but my husband and I did. I still have my brass ring to continue to give me strength.

Welcome to visit either of these two links to learn more about the Sami if Sweden.

https://sweden.se/society/sami-in-sweden/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Sami_National_Day

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We were getting closer

The Sami flag

The Sami flag

We enjoyed the Marknad and met may people. Then we were invited to a dance in the evening . Oh it was absolutely wonderful! I asked of course before taking photos of the beautiful costumes that everyone was wearing. They were magnificent and I hope my photos capture that.

I have a very special memento from the marknad (market). A very old lady made a pair of traditional wraps for my fur boots. She helped me to lace them on and they have remained on my boots till this day, since 2005.

Beautiful knives and tin are  just some of the cradts that Sami are famous for

Beautiful knives and tin and basket weaving are just some of the crafts that Sami are famous for

Raindeer are very important to the Sami

Reindeer are very important to the Sami

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HAPPY NATIONAL SAMI DAY FEBRUARY 6, 2015!


Christmas Market at Löfstad Slott (palace)


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Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap had a great first day of the Christmas Market at Löfstad Palace.

I was very happy to be placed in the same cozy room as last year. Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap shared the room with Kristina Karlsson who owns Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri (farm dairy). She sells her wonderful delicious hand made goat cheese. http://www.hejtorp.se

We arrived early so I had the opportunity to walk around and view other vendors and the palace.

During this day, I was happy to meet previous customers from last year and to meet new customers.
It feels so good to bring my wonderful Eco-Friendly natural goat milk soap to so many people.

Our second day went far better than expected. Great sales and we met so many nice new customers .

We had a wonderful two days.

Goodbye Läfstad Slott. See you on 2015!
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Good Evening from Gullringstorp’!


Our goats were in again due to very cold weather and pending rain/snow.

At dinner time, all the females were out playing in the corridors. I just love watching them greet each other and run and frolic.

It’s always bittersweet to corral them back into their boxes. They had their fun but it was soon mealtime and then bedtime.

In addition to grain, hay, fresh water, they each got crispy cool kale.

Tonight I chose one goat to highlight; Florian.
He’s a sweet wether( castrated) Pygmy buck born here at Gullringstorp.

He’s just so beautiful to look at and snuggle.

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Frosty Morning


After a very cold night we have frost everywhere this morning. The trees are all frosty, the pond has ice and the fish look frozen, the windows to the lust hus are all icy. It’s 0C now so I expect the frost will remain all day.

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Preparing for Winter at Gullringstorp!


Lots of preparations here at Gullringstorp. Many things need to be done before the snows come again .

Our tractor which is so important during winter time, must be carefully cared for. This machine will move and clear vast amounts of snow making it possible for us to drive in and our of Gullringstorp.
Once the snow had been shoveled, it has to be moved to make room for more. The tractor easily moves mountains of snow into an area not used during winter, the goat enclosure.
If and when we have a nice clear day during winter, the goats can go our and they have mountains of snow to climb on.

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Happy Birthday Afternoon in the Swedish Countryside


This afternoon,we attended a beautiful Birthday celebration lunch with one of our neighbors. The Swedish flag always is flown when there is a birthday. You can see the flag at the home of the birthday lady.

We had a lovely time meeting neighbors and new people. There was a lovely set table of delicious dishes to be enjoyed. We were fortunate to have two very kind people join us at our table.

It was a time to not only meet new people, but to get any local information of local events.

It was a beautiful afternoon spent in wonderful company and delicious

Thank you to our hosts and
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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